By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board Tuesday denied a request by administrators to implement block scheduling at the local high school.
The proposal failed on a 4-4 vote by board members. Board member Leland Lemley was absent.
Block scheduling, also called intensive scheduling, already is used at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School. It changes the daily schedule of seven or eight 45-minute classes to four 90-minute classes over two semesters. Students get longer, more intensive instruction for half the year, say in math or science the first semester then move to say language and English the second semester.
Critics say some students' attention spans are too short for the longer classes. Others say students lose continuity by staying off a subject for as long as nine months.